I have been waiting eighty years to write this article. Ok, not really but ever since D.C. Comics announced their return to legacy numbering for select titles, the count-down has been on.
When that milestone issue number hits comic book shelves for the iconic and long-running Action Comics on April 19th of this year, eager Wednesday Warriors will be treated to (should they pick this version) a hardcover issue called Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman that will be right there alongside the “floppy” comic book issue. The hardcover book is being released specifically to celebrate and commemorate Superman becoming an Octogenarian.
So what, you ask, will a 384-page $29.99 hardcover contain that the floppy issue does not?
Most notably (other than the fact that Superman’s red trunks will be making a comeback), and most recently revealed, is that the book will contain a twelve page, never-before released story by Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.
Paul Levitz, former DC Comics Editor, commented on the story; “The found Siegel and Shuster story is a true treasure with a fascinating backstory,” and goes on in the press release to say; “Back when DC did regular tours of the New York office, it was common for fans to get original art that would have been otherwise disposed of as a tour souvenir. As a your fan on tour Marv Wolfman found this Superman story and kept it all these years. It’s incredible to think that Marv not only rescued this published story, he then went on to become on of DC’s most prolific writers and shared the story with DC to publish as part of this special new collection.”
It really is a rather fascinating the journey that that story took from the NYC D.C. offices to a young fan’s hands, to a cherished part of a collection belonging to someone that gave the world Black Cat, Deathstroke, Starfire, Tim Drake, Anti-Monitor, Raven, and some many more beloved characters.
Within the pages of Action 1K will be a plethora of short stories taken from Superman’s history.
For the full list of stories, follow this link: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2018/01/23/lost-siegel-and-shuster-superman-story-to-be-published